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Kashmir IAS officer Shah Faesal joins NC, to contest Lok Sabha elections

Indian Express 2019-01-09 15:11:59
Faesal is also the first bureaucrat to join the debate on Article 35A of the constitution (File Photo)

IAS officer Shah Faesal, who faced disciplinary action for his social media posts on against rape in April last year, has joined the National Conference and will contest the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. He has resigned from his post to pursue politics.

The 2010-batch topper from the Kashmir had invited the wrath of the government for his tweet on rape culture which said,  “Patriarchy+Population+Illiteracy+Alcohol+Porn+Technology+Anarchy = Rapistan!”

The Centre had asked the J&K General Administration Department to initiate an inquiry into Faesal’s tweets, as he “allegedly failed to maintain absolute honesty and integrity” in discharge of his official duty.

Backing Faesal then, NC chief Omar Abdullah had called the notice a “case of bureaucratic over-enthusiasm where people who are pushing the files at the top do not understand the spirit of the times we are living in.”

“You (govt) have no problem when officers from Rajasthan and elsewhere defy ‘set norms of governance and conduct’, yet Faesal’s tweet about rape bothers you. Somehow this does not surprise me at all! Looks like the DoPT is determined to chase @shahfaesal out of the civil services. The last line of this page is shocking and unacceptable where they question Faesal’s ‘integrity and honesty’. How is a sarcastic tweet dishonest? How does it make him corrupt?” he had then tweeted.

Faesal is also the first bureaucrat to join the debate on Article 35A of the constitution comparing the petition to challenge it to a “nikahnama”.

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“I would compare Article 35A to a marriage-deed/nikahnama,” Faesal tweeted. “You repeal it and the relationship is over. Nothing will remain to be discussed afterwards.”